Hi guys, sorry I haven't checked in lately. Been a busy month, but more over, I've had little to no energy. I've been able to come on here and snoop a bit, like a couple things, but that's about it. When I get out of work, I'm exhausted. I sit in my chair with intentions to do things, and I was falling asleep. UGH! Then the weekends had been too hot for any real work in the shop until late... (I WILL be gettin an A/C for next year! Mark my words!
) I have, however, been working on dust collection ideas that would suit us for now (until I can get a bigger, better system) as well as trying to get the electrical put in, the 14th we went to NY to bury Ken's parents, had our so-called vacation last week, and tonight, we're going to see Ted Nugent in concert. (Our daughter got me tickets for my birthday. To be honest, not looking fwd to it, but she spent over $100 for these tickets, so I have to go. What the heck. I'll get a T-shirt out of it, right?
Did get my screens done, (all three of them) and today, it looks like I'm going to convert my "desk" that I use to route at into a downdraft table to help collect all the particles I route away. I had come up with the idea months ago, but Ken balked at it, sayin it wouldn't work. Well, Thursday night, while I was attempting to clean up a little in there (I like to have a clean start when I get into the shop) I took everything off the table/desk and tipped it over. Lo' n' behold, my original idea WILL work, and I called Ken out of the house to prove it. (I'll try and post pics later to show it all...) for now...
See, the desk I use (it's in a couple pics I've posted showing the shop and that) is made of plastic/resin, whatever. Well, it has a tray that fits in a grove on the top. My idea was to 1: remove the "tray" and build it up, creating a platform like a sanding downdraft box, and hooking up a vacuum to it underneath to capture the dust, or 2: create a tray-like mechanism underneath, drilling holes (again, like a sanding box) through the top, with a port underneath for the vacuum to hook up to, sucking up the debris.
Well, after tipping it over, and investigating this desk, I found out/was reminded..... that this desk was a computer-style desk that has a storage area in the back of the table to run lines in. It's a significant "storage" area back there, to boot. I took off the top, and found out that the compartment is make of thick particle board - "I can drill into that!" (I thought). "I could drill out a port in this, secure it with screws, run a elbow.....!" You get the drift. I'm surprised I didn't fill up the neighborhood with smoke with all the ideas runnin through my head that night; anyway, I yanked Ken outta the house, and once I was done showing him how my original idea of making it a downdraft WOULD work, I guess today (before I have to get ready to go to the concert) I'm getting the parts necessary to convert my desk.
Hope everyone is well; I was able to take a couple minutes yesterday while at work to snoop a minute; Love the idea of the sub forum on dust collection. Very much needed. Thank you Charles.
Since I'm up to chapter six in this book, I better get on the road and get things done. Wanna accomplish something, since the weather is cooler, and a bit more palatable. OH YEAH! Got a new truck, this month, too. (Well, new to me. It's a 2014) If anyone is interested, let me know, and I'll post some pics of what's goin' on in Barbies World.